For as long as I can remember I have always loved board games. As a child my aunt used to bring a new one each Christmas and we would all, young and old, come together and play for hours on end. We settled Catan, built hotels on boardwalk and found treasures in Tikals jungles. Sometimes we argued over rules, at times it got boring but mostly I remember having fun.
At some point in my teens I got the notion to build my own board game. I still have a few of those ideas rummaging around my head but nothing near a complete playable game. As luck would have it I recently got the chance to make something similar. It is not a board game per se but a card game with dice. During the development I felt I learned a few things worth sharing.
It is the last day of work this year. One could say that things are finally winding down a bit. There are four of us left in the office this afternoon. One swearing over a difficult stage in Angry Birds while the others appear to be wrapping things up. The rest of our co-workers are either on holiday or are have left early to prepare for their new years eve parties. I figured this would be a great moment to reflect over the year that passed.
I step into the salon. The hairdressers are busy shortening and shaping their clients hair according to the latest fashions. All of them are engaged in conversations, talking about everything between heaven and earth. Still I am greeted by friendly smiles. I walk up to the register, one of the hairdressers apologizes to her client and comes over. I ask her if there is any possibility they can fit me in as I have an important meeting with a new client in the morning and am long overdue for a haircut.
-”Of course, have a seat. I will be ready in about fifteen minutes”.
Delighted I take a seat on one the modern square stools. None of the magazines available are of any interest so I listen in to the ongoing conversations.
An operating system with a scaleable UI is no small feat but an inevitable step in the long run given the ongoing development of pixel density in modern screens. I´m hoping this is one of the tricks Cupertino has prepared for “Lion” the next big release of Mac OS X to be previewed on Wednesday at the “Back to the Mac” event.
We have moved to brand new offices in central Stockholm. I just came back after three weeks in Tokyo and walked right in to this amazing new environment. Every last surface and space is thought through and has been built according to our needs. Gone is the stale air, noise, bad lighting, cramped workspaces and overbooked conference rooms. Not having taken part in the move everything feels a bit alien and will take a few days to process. One thing is for certain: this will change everything.
I have an app on my phone that can identify any song just by listening to and analyzing a few seconds of the melody. If I did not understand how the underlying technology works it might be tempting to imagine that it operates by magic. How about if I know how the technology works? If I know how the songs fingerprints are created, stored and identified? If I know all that and still find myself amazed every time I use it, surely there must be something larger at play?